|14th June 2pm||Poland v Slovakia||St Petersburg|
|14th June 8pm||Spain v Sweden||Seville|
|18th June 2pm||Sweden v Slovakia||St Petersburg|
|19th June 8pm||Spain v Poland||Seville|
|23rd June 5pm||Slovakia v Spain||Seville|
|23rd June 5pm||Sweden v Poland||St Petersburg|
Group E form guide
Click on each team for a form guide and preview of their Euro chances
- Spain come into the tournament as one of the early favourites to lift the Euro crown, and that's hardly surprising given the way they qualified. Eight wins and two draws was rounded off with a 5-0 romp against Romania, and they took that form into their Nations League campaign, thrashing Ukraine 4-0, and then humiliating Germany 6-0 to top the group. The Spaniards have now lost just once in 23 outings, although a home 1-1 draw with Greece to open their World Cup campaign was somewhat underwhelming, although they did bounce back with wins over Georgia and Kosovo. Their recent goalless draw in a friendly with Portugal was a good test against top opposition, while their under-21's enjoyed the final 4-0 win over Lithuania while the senior side was forced into isolation.
- Poland Poland continue to blow hot and cold on the international stage, and the ease of their qualifying campaign (Won 8, Drawn 1, Lost 1) must be balanced against the opposition in a somewhat favourable group. They did beat Bosnia-Herzegovina home and away in their Nations League campaign, but picked up only one further point against Italy and the Netherlands to finish beneath both of those teams in the group. Since then, their only win in four outings has come against lowly Andorra (3-0), while their warm-up games have brought two more promising draws, 1-1 against Russia and 2-2 against Iceland last time out.
- Sweden qualified fairly comfortably from a difficult qualifying group, losing only one game, 3-0 in Spain, to whom they finished runner-up in the table. A less successful Nations League campaign saw a 2-1 home win over Croatia as their only respite among five defeats, and they will be playing in League B next time around. they bounced back to open their World Cup qualifying account with wins over Georgia and Kosovo, while their recent 2-0 friendly wins over Finland (2-0) and Armenia (3-1) extended their winning run to five games in 2021.
- Slovakia reached the finals courtesy of a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win in Northern Ireland and will probably be happy just to involved in a major tournament. Last year's Nations League campaign saw them manage just a solitary 1-0 win at the expense of Scotland, losing four of their other five games to prop up the group. However, 2021 has looked more promising, as they kicked off their World Cup qualifiers with draws against Cyprus and Malta, before enjoying an eye-catching 2-1 win over Russia. Their more recent pre-tournament outings have seen them share a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria and a goalless stalemate with Austria, which at least suggests that their defence is in reasonable shape
If we assume that Spain will bring their A-game, and that Slovakia will make little impact, then that inevitably leaves Sweden and Poland to battle it out for the runner-up spot, which will make their final game showdown in St Petersburg all the more important. Both teams will also attach huge importance to their games with Spain, knowing that a draw or even a win will throw the group winner spot wide open. Poland will need Robert Lewandowski to reproduce his prolific Bayern form, but having got to know each other's games in the same qualifying group, Sweden might be better equipped to get something from their opening encounter in Seville.
- Who should qualify
- Spain & Poland
- Possible dark horses